I know I say it every month, but this month you really do seem to have become your own little person. You know exactly what you want, and you do your best to tell us over and over again, even though sometimes we can’t quite figure it out.
When we are inside, you are practically climbing the walls, and this week you taught yourself to climb onto the couch. But you are happiest when we are outside, and playgrounds are your new obsession. Long gone are the days of just gliding back in forth in the baby swing. These days it’s all about the slide!
You have been working up the courage to go through this green tunnel all month long, and I fought a few tears when I watched you finally put both feet inside earlier this week. Of course, once you went through once, you wanted to do it over and over again for hours. The sun was setting and our noses were red by the time we left the playground!
Although sometimes you will still humor your mom and take a ride on the swings. It is most fun when mom gives a high five when you swing close!
Your long hair was getting pretty unruly again this week, so we took you for another trim (your third!) a few days ago. Hard to believe it was just a month ago that you had your haircut, and already it had grown way over your ears and down over your collar.
You look like such a big boy with your new clean cut, but in just a matter of days it seems like it’s growing out again already, and the back is still filled with gorgeous curls. You are lucky you got your dad’s fabulous hair! Mom is very jealous.
You are getting two more molars right now, which means you are being a very picky eater. Yesterday you pretty much existed on muffins. They were healthy muffins, but still – we can do better. Right now you love blueberries, grapes, hummus, almond butter, noodles, and your absolute favorite – broccoli. We are counting down the days until summer berries return!
Your personality shines a little brighter each and every day. You hung out in the childcare area while I went to a Barre3 class this morning, and when I came out you were drenched in sweat from playing so hard. The girls you were playing with said they couldn’t stop laughing at your crazy facial expressions and your wild babbling.
While we’ve had a lot of laughs and smiles this month, we’ve also had some growing pains. You are asserting yourself more and more – often in the form of throwing things and hitting when you don’t get your way.
You will have incredible tantrums and throw your body to the ground, and then be up and smiling again 30 seconds later. I don’t feel quite ready for this phase just yet, but it seems to be here anyway. Sometimes I look at you and can’t believe how big you’ve gotten, and then I see the elementary school kids arrive to the playground, I and realize you are still so small.
You love to say no and shake your head from side to side, and you are a lot more stingy with hugs and kisses these days. But you still give one big wet sloppy one right before bedtime, and it makes up for even the toughest days.
Even though you act like a tough guy, you are still so sensitive and sweet. While you were swinging at the playground the other day, the little girl next to you fell down and cried. You looked so worried and upset seeing her tears! I had to reassure you that she would be okay.
You’re still fiercely independent, and will happily entertain yourself when you’re in the right mood. But most of the time, you’re looking for more interactive play now. You like when we build towers (and then knock them down, of course), play peekaboo, read piles and piles of books, and you can’t resist a good tickle fight.
We moved your play tent into your sunroom a few weeks ago, and you’ve had so much fun playing and hiding in there. You love to burst out and do peekaboo, and sometimes you invite me inside to read a pile of books. It feels like I’ve been invited into your secret clubhouse.
Your love for the pups grows every single day, and no one can make you laugh harder than they do. You are a rough and rugged little guy, and I have to give a lot of reminders to be gentle and playful. We have to separate you guys during snack time though, because you are too generous and love to share what you’re eating.
You hate the stroller so much now that it’s hard to even get to the playground and back – just a short half-mile away. I am always armed with drinks and snacks, but it doesn’t seem to matter. You want to walk everywhere, and you’re not content to ride or be carried. Who can blame you? Mom is pretty sure she won’t be running again until you are in preschool.
We head out pretty much every afternoon to do some sort of play or learning – whether it’s Gymboree class, a play date with friends, or one of Seattle’s indoor play centers. Your favorite thing at Gymboree is the parachute, and you run into the middle every time it goes UP!
Whether you know it or not, I still go into your room every night before I go to sleep. I put my hand on your cheek and feel your soft, cool skin. I listen to your peaceful breath and watch your belly rise and fall. Your dad has to come get me almost every night, because I end up staying in there so long. Even though we’ve been in this together now for sixteen months, I still find myself in awe of how much I love you.
Thanks for another great month!